The United States of Entitlement

The United Methodist Church is a global and connectional church. What does that really mean? What it seems to mean is that we are global in that there are UMCs all over the globe.

The Connectional Table of the UMC makes and effort to bring us all together by bringing ministry and money to the same place for distribution for all.  Does that really happen?

We as Americans have a sense of entitlement so how is it that we can make a global and connectional church with this mindset?  Here it is, the dream of every American. To have the latest gadget that has flown off the shelves as soon as possible.  We want a big house, a green lawn, a nice car and the newest phone and gadgets that are out on the market.  Not only do we want these things, we NEED these things and think we DESERVE these things.  Our sense of entitlement is becoming a national problem and it not only harms us as Americans, but it harms us as United Methodists.

We give the most money to the church so we should get to decide more things. We give the most money so we should get the best products, preachers, advertising, etc.

With this attitude, we are quickly pushing away our brothers and sisters that live outside of the United States of Entitlement.  We are alienating ourselves from the whole because we want it our way, instantly, or not at all.

We need to come together as a church, as the body of Christ and work through our differences.  We need to change policies, jurisdictions and conferences to align with how we are different and use General Conference to come together to the connectional table, share best practices that are working in our churches and worship with one another.  We need to celebrate together, mourn together and learn to live together no matter how different we really are.  We need to stop acting like the United States of Entitlement and more like the United States of Love.

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Hello Friends!

In the last three weeks I have read more blog posts than ever before. Why you ask? Recon? Seeing what my competition is? NO. It was because of the UMC’s General Conference (GC), because of their process, decisions, conversations and I wanted to be as part of the action as much as I could from my home in Weymouth, MA.

As a young person and possibly the youngest pastor serving in the New England Annual Conference, I wanted to learn as much as possible about the process, the proceedings and the feeling of GC because I want to help change things!  I have ideas, others I know have ideas and we need a place to let the Holy Spirit come in to us and our work to produce some great and much-needed changes.  Even though I have been beaten down and trodden on by members of my Christian faith and brothers and sisters of my own denomination, I still stand here with youthful aspirations of changing the world.  As Elphaba from “Wicked” states in her song Defying Gravity:

“I’m through accepting limits ’cause someone says they’re so.  Some things I cannot change, but ’til I try I’ll never know”.

A movement has started called #dreamUMC and I am getting in on the action. Young people need a voice in the UMC church.  We’re here to stay and we’re here to change things. Through my posts I hope to educate, sometimes rant, reflect and pray on the future of the UMC and the future of young Christians.  I have faith that you will join me on my journey.

You can follow @dreamumc on Facebook or Twitter. We will be having a Twitterchat on Monday, May 14 at 9pm. Join the conversation by using #dreamumc in your tweets.